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Perrysville, Indiana
Jackson Street in Perrysville
Jackson Street in Perrysville
Location of Perrysville in Vermillion County, Indiana.
Location of Perrysville in Vermillion County, Indiana.
Map of Perrysville
Map of Perrysville
Country United States
State Indiana
County Vermillion
Township Highland
Founded 1825
 • Total 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
 • Land 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
538 ft (164 m)
 • Total 456
 • Density 1,774.32/sq mi (684.77/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-59238
GNIS feature ID 441034

Perrysville is a town in Highland Township, Vermillion County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 456 at the 2010 census.


Perrysville was platted and surveyed in 1825 by James Blair on a bluff on the west side of the Wabash River. The town is named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie. It became a local center for shipping products to New Orleans on flatboats via the Wabash, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers, and it was also able to receive heavy equipment and manufactured items on steamboats. Prior to the advent of the railroad in the second half of the nineteenth century, the town's location on the river made for a thriving community; it is reputed to have been the largest town between Chicago and Terre Haute at the height of its success. The arrival of the Wabash and Erie Canal enhanced its importance even further; a sidecut with locks allowed boats to be towed across the river to the town. Various roads intersected here, including a plank toll road from Danville, Illinois to the west, and stagecoach traffic became frequent. However, when the railroads did arrive, and failed to pass through the town, it spelled the eventual end of the vital river traffic, and of the importance of the town of Perrysville.

The Perrysville post office has been in operation since 1827.


Perrysville is located in the northeast part of the county on the western banks of the Wabash River. Indiana State Road 32 passes through the town.

According to the 2010 census, Perrysville has a total area of 0.26 square miles (0.67 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 742
1860 721 −2.8%
1870 690 −4.3%
1880 645 −6.5%
1890 507 −21.4%
1930 435
1940 451 3.7%
1950 462 2.4%
1960 497 7.6%
1970 510 2.6%
1980 532 4.3%
1990 443 −16.7%
2000 502 13.3%
2010 456 −9.2%
2020 456 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 456 people, 184 households, and 127 families living in the town. The population density was 1,753.8 inhabitants per square mile (677.1/km2). There were 208 housing units at an average density of 800.0 per square mile (308.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.2% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Asian, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.

There were 184 households, of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.0% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the town was 40.2 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 26.4% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 45.6% male and 54.4% female.

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